A warehouse operator participating in the shipping process functions as an intermediary holding and inspection area between importers, exporters and the shipping Terminals, which directly handle goods interchange with sea and air bound vessels. Specifically, a warehouse is a building or other secured area in which dutiable goods may be stored or manipulated for a period of time without payment of duty. Manipulation refers to the cleaning, sorting, repacking or inspection of goods, under Customs supervision.

As they are critical to the movement of goods in the shipping process, the PCS will track activities such as gate-in, gate-out, stripping and stuffing, allowing visibility for different players in the industry, including end users, customs brokers and Customs.

How will things change?

In order to enable the visibility of goods movement for importers, exporters and other players, warehouse staff will be required to register activities at different points in their process, such as when a container is stripped or sent through their gate. This can be done via the PCS web interface or a linked internal application.

To their benefit, warehouses will see an acceleration of various internal processes including transfers, stripping and stuffing activities due to the improved capabilities provided by the PCS. The creation of various pieces of documentation, such as house manifests for example, will be totally streamlined through the PCS platform, drastically reducing the administrative efforts required at the warehouses. These improvements are further magnified by the fact that the PCS will also boost the operations of Customs, which is integral to various warehouse processes.